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Kansas Golf Associaition

FAQ


HOW DO I JOIN THE KGA?

Individuals become a member of the KGA automatically when they join a KGA member club, either a public or a private club, AND they establish a GHIN handicap account at that club.  This is commonly referred to as a GHIN number.

WHY JOIN THE KGA?

It is important for golf in Kansas that a non-commercial and impartial body of amateur golfers exist to administer the principal concerns of the Kansas golfer.  If the KGA is to be precisely that (Kansas Golf Association), the organization needs the continued support of its longtime members and the affiliation of new clubs.

Not only does the KGA need this support, but also the association needs ideas and suggestions.  As a result of "outside" suggestions, the KGA has begun new tournaments, established new committees, rearranged priorities and otherwise changed for the better.

Often, a reluctance to communicate with headquarters exists within organizations, but many golfers have been pleased with the KGA's response to their concerns and suggestions, reactions and constructive criticism of all golfers.  We need your input as much as you need the KGA.

WHO BELONGS TO THE KGA?

KGA's membership includes approximately 144 member clubs and more than 11,000 individual members.  Any properly organized golf club in Kansas that is not now a member may affiliate by meeting certain basic qualifications and by paying nominal annual dues.

HOW IS THE KGA GOVERNED?

The association is governed by five officers, all elected from KGA member clubs.  Officials also serve as Director Emeritus and Advisory Directors.

The member club's primary representation is through the KGA Board of Directors, whose 13 members represent a wide variety of member clubs.  Directors serve terms of one year and are chosen annually.

As volunteers, these officials donate their time and pay their own expenses when they represent the KGA.  To conduct daily business, the association maintains a small full-time staff at its office in Lawrence.

HOW IS THE KGA FINANCED?

Nominal member club dues plus a per-golfer membership fee each year are the principal revenue sources of the KGA.  These dues account for more than 50% of the KGA operating budget.

Most of its member club's budget for course maintenance alone exceed the KGA's total operating budget.  As a tax-exempt organization, the KGA has been established as a non-profit organization of member clubs according to Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service.

Except for the Executive Director, Director of Rules/Competitions, Director of Club Services & Junior Golf, Intern and season staff, the organization's work is done by volunteers who are neither compensated nor reimbursed for expenses.